The US Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed an attack on its building in Kabul. In a short statement on its website they state that there were no casualties among members of staff.
The statement goes on to say that the area came under attack from RPG and small arms fire.
The Embassy also says that four were injured at the compound. Among those hurt were a contract guard and three visa applicants, their injuries are not life-threatening.
An update on the website states:
“Our thoughts are with these individuals and the other victims of the terrorist attacks that happened today in Kabul. We appreciate the response of the Afghan National Security Forces whose operations stopped the attack on the embassy compound.”
The attack was part of a co-ordinated assault by Taliban fighters. The Bakhtar News Agency state that the NATO-ISAF commandment building was also targeted. Iran’s Press TV Office came under assault too and one member of its staff is reported injured.
Other reports say that gunfire went on into the night and explosions were heard. A press release issued on Wednesday by the US Department of Defense says that a number of civilians were killed during the assault, some of them are said to be children. Five members of the Afghan national police are reported dead. Some members of the coalition forces were injured in the 20-hour attack but there were no fatalities among them. Four insurgent suicide bombers and seven insurgents were also killed.
During a speech in Washington on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was quick to remark on the attack. Before going on to discuss an annual report on International Religious Freedom, Secretary Clinton said:
“…..I want to address the situation in Afghanistan, where there was an attack on our Embassy in Kabul today. It appears that a number of Afghan civilians have been hurt, and we, of course, will do all we can to assist them. There are no reports of casualties among Embassy personnel at this time.”
“We are following this very closely, also the unfolding situation in the area, including at NATO-ISAF Headquarters, which, for those of you have been in Kabul, you know is across the street from our Embassy compound. We will take all necessary steps not only to ensure the safety of our people, but to secure the area and to ensure that those who perpetrated this attack are dealt with."